Pumpkin Bread, Low Fat and Delicious

Pumpkin Bread Tastes Milder Than Pumpkin Pie

I am always on the look out for quick bread and muffin recipes which are low fat and healthy. I began this habit a few years ago when I lost quite a bit of weight, and needed to change my eating habits. There are many little ways to cut calories in baking. You do not ever have to use oil, you can substitute cooking spray for your baking dish or muffin cups. Oil or butter, fats supposed to be creamed with sugar, can be replaced with plain or vanilla yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, or prunes sauteed in a food processor. This can be in combination, or just one of the items can be used, depending on the flavor you are trying to achieve in your baking. Sometimes if the recipes calls for 1 cup of butter, I use one half cup of vanilla yogurt, and one half cup of unsweetened applesauce. Once you start thinking of ways to cut fat and calories, you will find other ways to bake great tasting things that you can eat without guilt! I also have a vegetarian in the house, so seek out recipes for foods with good, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Bread

Make 2, people love Pumpkin bread! The recipe is versatile, you can also make a 9X13 cake or 12 muffins with the same recipe.
Make 2, people love Pumpkin bread! The recipe is versatile, you can also make a 9X13 cake or 12 muffins with the same recipe. | Source

Pumpkin Bread, Sheet Cake, or Muffins

Once you begin experimenting with recipes, you will find yourself getting bolder and changing ingredients quite easily. This recipe makes two 9" X 5" loaves of pumpkin bread, and it freezes well too. So its really handy to have the "extra" one in case you have unexpected guests! The same list of ingredients in the same amount will also yield one 9" X 12" sheet cake, which I decided to make here. I could also have made two dozen muffins with this same mixture. All three forms of the recipe would be baked at 350 degrees. The loaves should stay in the oven and bake for 1 hour, and the 9" x 12" sheet cake pictured below took 1 hour and 10 minutes in the oven. If I had made two dozen muffins, I would check them at 20 minutes, the same way I would have checked the loaves or sheet cake, and you know its done when a toothpick inserted inside the cake comes out clean. Any cake in the oven which is done also begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, and if you touch it lightly with a clean finger, it should spring back up right away. This will also be lightly brown. So you don't have to follow the rules completely by the book when you cook, a little experimentation sometimes yields great results.

Pumpkin bread is popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It comes in handy when you have extended family and other guests staying over for the holidays. This bread is sweet enough to serve as a dessert, but also healthy enough to serve for breakfast, since it's a holiday and you may want to splurge. Or it tastes like you are spluring, don't forget, the only fat in this recipe is from the nuts, and that's good fat! Enjoy it in good health!

 
Pumpkin Bread 
 
 
3 Cups flour 
1/2 teaspoon ground Jamaican ginger 
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
2 cups white or sugar in the raw 
I cup finely chopped walnuts (or pecans)
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs 
A few extra spoons full of nuts for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 28 oz canned Pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)!
Powdered sugar shaken over a doily makes 
 
 
 
a lovely garnish too! 

Use Pumpkin, NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix!

Pumpkin filling. Do not use Pumpkin pie filling, it has other spices in it. This has a slightly less spicy flavor, but the raisins and nuts make up for it.
Pumpkin filling. Do not use Pumpkin pie filling, it has other spices in it. This has a slightly less spicy flavor, but the raisins and nuts make up for it. | Source
Ginger (it doesn't have to be Jamaican, I just have it in the house, has to be ground though), nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. If you like more or less to taste, change the amounts!
Ginger (it doesn't have to be Jamaican, I just have it in the house, has to be ground though), nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. If you like more or less to taste, change the amounts! | Source

Pumpkin Bread Mixing and Baking Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use no fat cooking spray on your pans or muffin papers. Use one bowl for your dry ingredients. Add to it the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and set aside. In a larger bowl, mix your yogurt, applesauce, and sugar, beating with a mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Open your can of pumpkin. Add parts of your flour mixture alternated with the pumpkin to the sugar and egg mixture in the other bowl. Do not overmix if you are making the breads or muffins. If you are making the sheet cake, you may mix for about 3 minutes. Fold in your raisins and nuts, reserving some nuts to garnish the top if you wish. I have given you approximate baking times above, depending on which way you decide to use your batter, bread, muffins or sheet cake. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Can be frozen

Pumpkin Cake Is A Versatile Recipe

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my friends and family do. It's always popular at holiday gatherings. It is also a nice and easy dessert recipe if you are cooking for the family of a sick friend or neighbor. Since it has such healthy ingredients, if you have sleep over guests, you can serve slices of Pumpkin bread, cake, or muffins with tea or coffee, and it's a fairly nutritous breakfast without a lot of fuss. It's loaded with Vitamin A, and protein from the nuts, and you may feel free to fold in other ingredients as you see fit! This is a lovely snack to have waiting in the freezer for those times when people drop by unexpectedly too! Although most people think of pumpkin as a Fall dessert, this bread is tasty, healthy and low fat all year round

The Sheet Cake Version

Pumpkin Sheet cake
Pumpkin Sheet cake | Source
Square of Pumpkin cake served on Cinnabar Fiestaware.
Square of Pumpkin cake served on Cinnabar Fiestaware. | Source

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Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hello Kazman,

I'm so happy you enjoyed it! My son is a vegetarian, and I had to learn how to make healthy foods when he was young, or he would fill up on junk to avoid meat. The bread is popular, I make it often, and you can play around with the nuts and raisins. I was on a low fat diet when I used applesauce and plain or vanilla yogurt in place of butter, but find it works in most recipes to give you the moisture you need. Make sure you try it out first if it's being served at a special occasion though! I'm thinking of trying pumpkin soup, it looks good. Take care.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Loving this recipe Jean. I think I really started to like it most recently while in New Zealand. One of their main crops is Pumpkin.......pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, pumpkin everything! I wasn't the biggest fan of the soup so much unless mixed with something else. But I did enjoy their pumpkin bread immensely. This brings me back and your pictures just made me want to make it more. Voting up and sharing!


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Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi Jenn-Anne,

I began adapting recipes to low fat when I went on a diet years ago. This is so good for you, and with the addition of the nuts and raisins, I never had anyone say they disliked it! The recipe makes 2 loaf pan sizes, or the 9 X 12 you see in the picture. It freezes too, and is really good for you! Best Wishes.


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Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

Oooh - this sounds quite delicious! I will have to give it a try.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

Happy Thanksgiving to any of my readers who are baking pumpkin bread. I notice the up arrows, and just took mine out of the oven! Bright blessings as we give thanks for all the great people and things we experience in life.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

Hi rasta 1,

Enjoy it in good health! Best wishes.


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica

Pumpkin is a super food, i like this recipe


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey Author

You are correct, it appears other people have been unable to leave or answer comments due to all the changes HP is instituting. I read on the forum page it could be only a temp fix though. Thanks for the mention and I hope you like the Pumpkin Bread. It's good, mild, different texture that the pie!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Well, this is odd. I just got a notice today that there was a comment posted to this hub, so i came to visit to read the comment, and find that no comments are here at all. I thought i was losing it, but i looked on my desktop and did in fact copy/paste this to my desktop so i could try this recipe. And i know i left a comment, as well as other folks/ ? Anyway i just wanted to let your know that (on my computer at least) all your comments disappeared.

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